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Comment: I actually switched to beta voluntarily now (Score 1) 2219

by hansg (#46205227) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I hadn't looked at beta before this fantastic storm in a teacup, so I thought, what the hell I have to try it. It's a bit different, and a bit more modern. I cannot for the life of me understand why you are all so upset.

I actually switched over to beta now, and probably won't think more of it (unless i see more of these childish f**k beta posts...) /Hans

Comment: Re:He's probably right. (Score 1) 352

by hansg (#38648964) Attached to: Michael Dell Dismisses Tablet Threat To the PC Market

Ok, but you start out with saying:

What makes you think he was ever all that smart?

I sure as hell think he is smart, but he probably also had a bit of luck. I think all successful business leaders have a bit of both. They haven't shown innovation in their products, but definitely in their channel selection and logistics.


Comment: Re:Born on a Blue Day (Score 3, Informative) 298

by hansg (#38638722) Attached to: Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

I was in a book store the other day, and I look at all the books, and I get pretty much the same feeling:
" many books that need to be read."
But is isn't anxiety, it is more futility and despair...

Reminded me of this comic strip from Berke Breathed:


Comment: Re:pardon my ignorance (Score 3, Informative) 263

by hansg (#31326960) Attached to: Newborns' Blood Used To Build Secret DNA Database

and usually medical databases are quite thoroughly tied down in this respect.

I don't know much about this case, but in Sweden we have a national test for all newborns, where they collect blood to check for a few diseases (PKU, the google is your friend). When they have checked it, they store the information "for research purposes".

When our minister of foreign affairs was killed, the Police requested samples from the database and got them.

So, don't count on the database staying "for research purposes"...



+ - Running MS Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52->

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twickline writes "This is a Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52, Guide with lots of nice screenshots and tips. The long standing error"Microsoft Office (Word or Excell) has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application" has now been properly fixed as of Wine 0.9.52 in addition to many other fixes and enhancements. If you currently use Office 2003 on Linux via Wine this should be considered as a major upgrade."
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+ - Users made to jump through hoops for Vista SP1

Submitted by Kurtz'sKompund
Kurtz'sKompund (1078463) writes "Microsoft has released the preview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to the general public. However, the company has not made it easy for users, requiring them to go through an elaborate process involving multiple reboots before they can download it."

+ - Gene Study Supports Single Bering Strait Migration->

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Invisible Pink Unicorn
Invisible Pink Unicorn writes "One of the most comprehensive analyses of genetic variation ever undertaken supports the theory that the ancestors of modern native peoples throughout the Americas came from a single source in East Asia across a northwest land bridge some 12,000 years ago. One particular discovery is of a 'unique genetic variant widespread in natives across both continents — suggesting that the first humans in the Americas came in a single migration or multiple waves from a single source, not in waves of migrations from different sources. The variant, which is not part of a gene and has no biological function, has not been found in genetic studies of people anywhere else except eastern Siberia. The researchers say the variant likely occurred shortly prior to migration to the Americas, or immediately afterwards.' The full article is available online from PLoS."
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Is SCO dead yet? Q&A with Pamela Jones of Grok->

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An anonymous reader writes "The SCO Group's current fate can be neatly summarised by the title of Pamela Jones' very first article on the case, back in May 2003 — "SCO Falls Downstairs, Hitting its Head on Every Step." In the intervening years PJ and Groklaw can be credited with unearthing and exposing many of the flaws in SCO's case, most notably, obtaining and publishing the 1994 settlement in the USL vs BSDi case, which had been hidden from public view and played a significant role in undermining SCO's claims to the ownership of Unix. Earlier this year PJ memorably compared SCO's persistence in the face of the facts to the black knight in the Monty Python film who claimed "It's only a flesh wound". This article asks PJ about SCO, the impact of Groklaw and future of free software and the law."
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